Overview: Arizona statute and Board of Education rules require teachers certified prior to August 1, 2025 who provide English language arts instruction in kindergarten through grade five to obtain a Literacy, K-5 endorsement by August 1, 2028. Teachers who are certified on or after August 1, 2025, will be required to obtain the endorsement within three years of certificate issuance. Teachers who hold a Reading Specialist, K-12 endorsement, or a Reading K-8 or K-12 endorsement, are exempt from the Literacy endorsement requirement. Requirements may be subject to change and are fully referenced in the Arizona Revised Statutes and Administrative Code: R7-2-601, R-2-607, R7-2-615, and R7-2-621.
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A formal review is required to verify that all requirements have been met. Please visit the "How to Submit Official Documents" below for the proper submission of the required documents. Failure to submit documents as described could cause a delay in the processing of the application.
Application: A completed Application for Certification.
Fee: The fee for this endorsement is $60. Per Board rule, fees are non-refundable.
Prerequisite Certificate: You must hold a valid Arizona Alternative Teaching, International Teaching, Classroom-Based Standard Teaching, or Standard Professional certificate in early childhood education, elementary education, middle grades education, or special education to apply for this endorsement.
Appropriate Documentation for Option A, B, or C: Submit the appropriate documentation to meet requirements under Option A, B, or C. Please see the "Requirements for the Literacy, K-5 Endorsement" for information on these options and "How to Submit Official Documents"to ensure you are submitting the required documents as indicated in the instructions.
The applicant must hold one of the prerequisite certificates regardless of the Option seeking to qualify:
Prerequisite Certificate: A valid Arizona Alternative Teaching, International Teaching, Classroom-Based Standard Teaching, or Standard Professional certificate in early childhood education, elementary education, middle grades education, or special education.
Option A: Coursework and Foundations of Reading Exam
Coursework: Six (6) semester hours of reading courses to include both of the following:
Three (3) semester hours in the science of reading instruction, including systematic phonics instruction; -AND-
Three (3) semester hours in reading instruction, including assessments, instructional practices, and interventions to improve student reading proficiency for struggling readers, including students with the characteristics of dyslexia.
Arizona Department of Education (ADE) approved training: Completion of ADE-approved Literacy endorsement training may substitute for the semester hours of reading coursework. Fifteen (15) clock hours of training, or the equivalent competency-based credential, is equivalent to one semester hour. -AND-
Option B: Verification for Literacy Coursework Waiver and Foundations of Reading Exam
Verification for Literacy Coursework Waiver: Completion and submission of the LEA Verification – Literacy Coursework Waiver form by an Arizona public school superintendent, personnel director, or principal, may substitute for the six semester hours of reading courses. This form verifies that the applicant is a teacher who provides literacy instruction in kindergarten through grade five and has demonstrated through classroom observations and student achievement data across subgroups using evidence-based measures for at least three consecutive years, that the teacher possesses the instructional knowledge and skills to:
Option C: Verification for Literacy Coursework and Exam Waiver
Completion and submission of the LEA Verification:Literacy Coursework and Exam Waiver by an Arizona public school superintendent, personnel director, or principal. By signing this form, the school administrator is verifying that the applicant is a teacher who provides literacy instruction in kindergarten through grade five and meets the following requirements:
Student Achievement Data: At least 90% of the educator’s full academic year (FAY) students are proficient on the English language arts (ELA) portion of the statewide assessment over the last three consecutive academic years; -AND-
Knowledge and Skills: The teacher possesses the instructional knowledge and skills and has demonstrated through classroom observations and student achievement data across subgroups using evidence-based measures for at least three consecutive years, that the teacher possesses the instructional knowledge and skills to:
Implement reading instruction using high-quality instructional materials;
Provide effective instruction and interventions for students with reading deficiencies, including students with characteristics of dyslexia.
Documents Requiring Submission by the Verifying Authority
Official Transcripts: Transcripts that are uploaded through the educator portal or emailed by the applicant are not official and will not be accepted. Official transcripts and foreign credential evaluations must be submitted as follows:
Electronic official transcripts must be submitted directly by the college or university to [email protected].
Paper official transcripts must be in a sealed envelope and mailed by the college or university to the Arizona Department of Education - Certification Unit; PO Box 6490, Phoenix, AZ 85005-6490.
Foreign credential evaluations must be sent directly by the approved foreign credential evaluation agency to [email protected] or mailed to the Arizona Department of Education - Certification Unit.
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